Sunday, 17th July
This evening Susan and I attended a Civic Service and Celebration at St. James Parish Church, Trowbridge. The Service was preceded by a reception in the Civic Centre where we renewed our acquaintance with the Mayor, Linda Self and many other Mayors from across Wiltshire.
We then assembled outside and were led by a Scottish Piper and processed to the Church. The Service was led by Revd. Dr. Rob Thomas and was also attended by Dr Andrew Murrison, MP and Angus Macpherson who is Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Saturday, 16th July
In the evening, as President and accompanied by my wife Susan, we visited Marlborough Football Club where we joined the organisers and Mencap members for an evening of Skittles. Just about everyone took part in a couple of rounds with the final involving an attempt to knock down just a single skittle - not very easy!
There was a wonderful atmosphere, a generous buffet and also a raffle where I had to draw the winning tickets. We were made very welcome and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Friday, 15th July
We greeted our visitors from Marlborough New Zealand, Councillor Cynthia Brooks, her husband Graham and two fellow travellers.
There was an exchange of books between us and we also received a gift of an oil painting, a view of their Marlborough, presented to us by Cynthia on behalf of the Mayor and Councillors.
After a tour of the Town Hall we processed, including our guests, along to the Castle and Ball to attend the opening of this year's Jazz Festival. Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, graciously declared the Jazz Festival open, noting that this was it's 30th year. We were then treated to a performance by the pupils of St. John's Academy Jazz Band. They were brilliant!
Later in the evening, we attended a reception in the lovely garden of the Merchant's House hosted by Wiltshire Life. Lots to read about Marlborough in their July edition.
Sunday, 26th June - My wife and I attended Choral Evensong at Malmesbury Abbey in England's oldest Borough. This was well attended despite very heavy rain accompanying us as we processed from the Town Hall.
The Service was also a blessing for the new Mayor of Malmesbury, Wayne Jones. He, his wife Caroline, members of Malmesbury Town Council, many Mayors and Dignitaries from across Wiltshire were also joined by James Gray, the local MP and Allison Bucknell, Vice Chair of Wiltshire Council.
The choral singing was spectacular, but one would expect no less as the Vicar, Neil Archer, spent some 20 years as an opera singer prior to his ordination.
Impressive surroundings, wonderful singing and a true joining together of Church and the Community.
Saturday, 25th June - MantonFest
Luckily we were not greeted by mud, unlike certain other outdoor festivals! We were instead warmly greeted by Roger Grant who organises this increasingly successful event.
There, we chatted to a few stalwarts who had 'set up camp' at 8 am and also to some members of the 'Brighter Futures' team who were this year's nominated charity at the 2016 festival.
The event is growing in size and popularity as each year passes and is a huge success thanks to the hard work of Roger and his team.
Councillors Mervyn Hall and Justin Cook and other members of the MANP team were in attendance with information about the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
Saturday, 18th June - Susan and I attended a Summer Concert in St Mary's Church given by the Marlborough Concert Orchestra to mark their 10th Anniversary.
The programme under their wonderful Conductor Roselie Gentile, was varied - something for everyone. It began with a lively piece by Rossini and culminated in the very stirring Marche Slav by Tchaikovsky.
In the interval we all adjourned to the grass outside the Church where we were offered 'Rossini' cocktails and William Tell cake!
We are so lucky in our town of Marlborough to have a concert orchestra of this calibre - an exceptional evening was enjoyed by everybody.
We very much look forward to the MCO concert on 3rd December.